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The common cold is almost always accompanied by a cough and can be quite an irritating condition to deal with. Though medication can help reduce the symptoms to some extent, but a cold has no cure and it takes about seven days to resolve. So, instead of loading your body with all those chemicals why not try something natural to beat the discomfort you feel. Here are 2 nutritious cake recipes that work to not only keep a cough and cold at bay but also help relieve the symptoms. So ladies time to replace the tulsi kaddha or feeding ginger honey to your kids by serving the freshly baked scrumptious, delicious aromatic cakes!
Carrot and Kashmiri Garam masala cake
1 cup white flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup ghee or softened butter ( preferably fresh butter)
1/2 tablespoon Kashmiri Garam Masala ( it is different from regular garam masala as it doesn’t have coriander and contains grounded fennel and black cumin seeds )
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios( for fussy kids you may grind the almonds and pistachios ) 2 tablespoons chopped almonds 2 tablespoons raisins
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan.
2) Sift the 1 Cup flour with 1 tsp. baking soda.
3) Beat eggs with sugar and ghee (or butter) thoroughly. (For better results beat the eggs using the egg beater for about 3-4 minutes)
4) Fold flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined. Fold in carrots, nuts, and raisins gently. Batter will be stiff. (Mix it well using the egg beater for about 1 minute)
5) Bake in preheated oven 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
Ginger Jaggery wheat flour cake
Take 1 cup Jaggery/Gur and crumble it
3/4 cup ghee/butter
1 cup buttermilk/yoghurt
1 cup wheat flour + 1 cup maida and sieve it with 1 tsp baking soda 3 tsp ginger powder
Melt jaggery with 1/4 cup water on medium low. Cook till it becomes foamy. Add ghee to the mix. Now add the flour mix to the hot syrupy jaggery, a tablespoon at a time, alternating with the buttermilk/yoghurt till all the ingredients are mixed together to form a smooth batter. At this stage the batter will be slightly sticky and stiff. Add 1/4 cup water to loosen it. Pour into prepared cake tin. Shake tin to distribute batter evenly and remove air bubbles. Sprinkle with any topping you like candied ginger, sugar crystals, nuts or if you are feeling a little adventurous. Even a light sprinkle of sea salt! Bake in a 350F oven for 45 minutes. Insert knife…to check that it come outs clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Both the recipes that I shared are gentle on stomach as well. Do try them and give me your feedback.